Senate Passes Democrats’ Health and Climate Bill

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UPDATE: The Senate voted Sunday afternoon to pass the Democrats’ sweeping health care and climate bill with a 51–50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House.

Democrats drove their election-year economic package toward Senate approval and debated a smaller measure than one that was proposed by President Joe Biden as they hit a roadblock on Sunday afternoon over a tax provision.

“I think it’s gonna pass,” Biden told reporters as he left the White House early Sunday to go to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed that the $740 billion bill—slated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars—”will reduce inflation.”

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